Introduction to British Wildlife
Our ecologists and conservation experts will introduce you to the diversity and range of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles that live in Britain.
You will learn why Britain has the range of species it does and understand how this has changed over time with the introduction and extinction of many species.
Discover the distribution and ecology of these species and learn the characteristic features and signs that will help you identify them in the field. Practical sessions will include a day exploring the fields, hedgerows and woodland of our Northop campus where you will be taught to use classification keys to identify plant and tree species. You will visit sand dunes along the north Wales coast to see common and sand lizards, little terns and signs of natterjack toads. You will also visit a badger sett and learn to identify the field signs associated with badger activity.
Learn with qualified and experienced instructors:
- Denise Yorke MSc BSc (Hons) FHEA MCIEEM, Programme Leader Wildlife & Plant Biology
- Liam Blazey BSc (Hons) Biodiversity Officer for Denbighshire
- Carl Payne BSc (Hons) Vice Chairman Clywydian Branch Wildlife Trust
What you will study
- Ecology of a range of plants and trees in Britain - distribution, habitat requirements
- Ecology of a range of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians in Britain – distribution, habitat requirements, diet, behaviour, physical/biological characteristics
- Field signs: burrows, latrines, scats, feeding stations, prints, tracks, hair samples, calls, activities
- Native and non-native species, Flora and fauna identification, Use of identification keys
- Use of basic key terms and ecological definitions including native, species, population, community
Multiple choice questions - which will include questions relating to the ecology of flora and fauna. This may include but not be limited to field signs, diet, behaviour, habitat requirements, characteristics (physical & behavioural) and distribution (including influencing factors)
Practical - students will identify a range of flora and fauna species from field signs and specimens
Course start dates
3 hours per week over 6 weeks plus 3 Saturdays (6 hours each)
Tuesday sessions 6-9pm: 14/5/19 – 18/6/19
Saturday sessions 10-4pm: 25/5/19, 01/6/19 and 15/6/19
Dydd Mawrth: Northop Campus
Dydd Sadwrn: TBC
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